PC-BSD 1.5 RC2 released

PC-BSD 1.5 RC2 has been released. Here’s a quick-list of some of the new features:

  • Xorg 7.3
  • KDE 3.5.8
  • FreeBSD 6.3 Release
  • NEW System Updater tool – Keeps system & PBIs up to date – Allows override variables, so that admins can use their own mirrors / servers to roll out updates to users.
  • Improvements to WiFi tool, BSSID support and better SSID support
  • Improvements to the PBI Removal tool – Remove a list of PBIs at a time
  • NEW sound detection program! Uses XML backend to identify and load modules
  • NEW amd64 build of 1.5, including PBI that are on our auto-build server
  • NEW PBI icon preview library, now a PBI file shows the icon embedded in it on your desktop, not the generic “PBI” format icon

I’ve been beta testing this (and previous versions) and must say this version is really stable and very fast (I know, I’m prejudiced ;-)

RC2 can be downloaded from the PC-BSD ftp site. If you’re interested, give it a try and let us know what you think and if you come across any glitches and bugs (our testing mailing list is testing [at] lists [dot] pcbsd [dot] org)

Oh, we’re also still looking for translators for the 1.5 version. If you’re willing and able to help, drop me a line: [gerard [at] pcbsd [dot] org

UPDATE (08/03/2008): 1.5 RC3 is now available.

PC-BSD 1.5 – Nederlandse vertaling

For non-Dutch speakers, this post is a call for Dutch translators for PC-BSD 1.5.

PC-BSD 1.5 zal een dezer weken vrijgegeven worden. Wij zijn nu op zoek naar mensen die ons kunnen helpen bij het vertalen van deze versie. Het meeste is al vertaald, maar het zou goed zijn als er nog wat meer ogen naar onze vertaling zouden kijken. Als U/jij een beetje tijd over hebt en geinteresseerd bent om ons te helpen, stuur me dan even een mailtje [gerard at pcbsd dot org]. Bij voorgaat dank.

PBI creating tutorial (in Spanish)

Jacob Luevano has created a great tutorial for Spanish speakers showing how to create PBIs (PC-BSD’s click-n-install packages). If your mother tongue is Spanish and you’ve been wanting to create PBIs, there’s no excuse any more.

PC-BSD proporciona un sistema de empaquetar aplicaciones denominado PBI(Push Button Installer), el cual permite a los usuarios de una forma muy fácil instalar y eliminar aplicaciones. El formato es fácil de usar y permite a los desarrolladores definir menús,iconos,registrar tipos mime. Este documento pretende ayudar a los desarrolladores a empaquetar sus aplicaciones bajo PBI.

The tutorial can be found here.

PC-BSD vs DesktopBSD; similarities & differences


Similar to my m0n0wall vs pfSense; similarities & differences post, I thought I’d also post a “PC-BSD vs DesktopBSD; similarities & differences” overview since I get so much trafic from people trying to find out what the similarities and differences are.

A common misconception about DesktopBSD is that it is intended as a rival to PC-BSD as a BSD-based desktop distribution. Neither the DesktopBSD nor the PC-BSD project intend to rival each other; the two projects are completely independent with distinctive features and goals. PC-BSD has introduced a new package management (PBI) that lets you easily install packages, whereas DesktopBSD has developed a graphical utility that makes installing standard FreeBSD packages and ports easy. Let’s have a look at the similarities and the differences.

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PC-BSD PBI Creator 4.0 released

Version 4.0 of the PBI installation program has been released, which includes several new features:

  • New wizard screen during installation, allows user to select a custom installation directory.
  • Installer now displays disk space required for program, and available space on drive.
  • Internal integrity checker confirms that program data hasn’t been corrupted in transit
  • Installer now displays the application specific icon in toolbar during install.

PBI Developers can download version 4.0 from PBIDir. In addition, PBIs being built on the PC-BSD auto-build server will have this update applied automatically. Questions or comments about this latest release may be directed towards the PBI Developers list.